Mansfield Hollow CX ’16

For my second cyclocross race, I joined my friend Andy again, at Mansfield Hollow Cross in Mansfield, CT.  Coming from Boston, I arrived a little late and had barely enough time to register, ride one practice lap, and make it to the start before the Cat 4/5 race started.

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That’s me!  Thank you, unknown photographer! I initially regretted my decision to wear fingerless gloves because of the cold but it didn’t take long to warm up.

My goal was to be more aggressive from the start than I had been for my first race.  Since I was late, I started near the back of the group of 65 and had lot of opportunities to do so.   On the first lap I was able to pass a lot of riders.  After that I settled in with 4 or 5 other riders until pulling away on lap 3.  I was able to hold the gap I created, finishing in 23rd place at the end of the 4th lap.  Andy finished 22nd, so he has bested me both times so far.  Overall, I really enjoyed this event; the track was fun but challenging (slightly over 2 miles,  with a good mix of terrain: fast and wide-open, tight with lots of turns, sand, several obstacles and a few short-but-steep hills), the weather was great, there was plenty of free food and drink to enjoy post-race, and I was happy with my results.  I recommend this race to anyone in the area and am hoping to make it back next year!

Afterwards, we watched Andy’s youngest son, Myles, in the kids age 9-12 race.  He finished 11th of 25 despite dropping his chain a few times.  I was impressed!

For the second half of October, I have two more races in mind  and am hoping to continue improving my results.  Rachel is planning to race those events, too, so I’m excited to watch her!  It’s been a lot of fun for me so hopefully she will enjoy it just as much and we can do more together next year!

  • The other two races I mentioned above that we plan to do:
    • Fruitland’s Cup of Cyclocross in Harvard, MA (October 22nd)
    • Cheshire Cross in Cheshire, CT (October 29th)

Below is a video someone else posted of themselves riding the same course, but in the Cat 1/2/3 race: